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ERIC Number: ED458669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Creating Critical Media Analysis Skills.
Fortuna, Carolyn
This paper describes a unit of instruction about media images--how they work, ways they affect people, and means to use them--in which young adolescents learn the consequences of becoming a media-literate consumer. The paper explains that in the unit, divided into 2 "clusters," 110 Boston-area eighth graders share 5 core academic teachers: math, science, world language/language enrichment, social studies, and English. It notes that, because each cluster's common curriculum planning time is limited to once per 6 day cycle, consensus is built into interdisciplinary design when an instructional leader drives the unit through initiating one-to-one personal meetings, sending e-mails, and drafting lesson plans. According to the paper, both clusters came to agree that an interdisciplinary mass media day assists the students to rise in a "gestalt" to become more complete critical thinkers, since discussion of media images engages the cerebral cortex, activates thinking processes, and generally results in conscious recognition and evaluation of persuasive media intent. The paper suggests that educators need such a bridge to enhance reading, writing, speaking, listening, and understanding and thus, media interdisciplinary lessons became integral to helping young adolescents begin the leap to formal operations development. The paper details the means used to assess the students' media analysis skills. It also states that the unit addresses Massachusetts content standards in all academic areas through four essential media literacy concepts: (1) messages are constructed; (2) messages are representations of the world; (3) messages have economic and political purposes and contexts; and (4) individuals create meaning in media messages through interpretation. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts